Kate Atkinson Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 09 Apr, 2017
Facts of Kate Atkinson
Date of Birth: 1951 , December-20
Age: 66 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Name Kate Atkinson
Nationality England
Birth Place/City York
Ethnicity White
Profession Writer
Working For English writing
Net Worth £1 million
Married Yes
Married to 2 marrige
Children Eve,Helen
Education University of Dundee
Awards Costa Book of the Year, Costa First Novel Award, More
TV Show The Catch, Case Histories
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Synopsis

Kate Atkinson, the recipient of the MBE, member of the most Excellent Order of British Empire, is an English author. Atkinson is 1995, 2013 and 2015 winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year ( later named to Costa Book Awards) in the novels category.

Early Life and Education

Kate Atkinson was born on 20th December 1951 in York, United Kingdom. Her father was a shopkeeper. Kate attended the University of Dundee and from there completed her master’s degree in the year 1974. Following that did her doctorate in  ‘The post-modern American short story in its historical context’.

Atkinson said that she failed the viva stage. After finishing the college, Kate took a number of jobs ranging from home help to legal secretary and teacher.

Career

Kate Atkinson taught at the University of Dundee after she graduated from there. In 1981, she began writing short stories. And she began writing for women’s magazines after when won the 1986 Woman’s Own Short Story Competition.

In 1990, Kate Atkinson became the runner-up for the Bridport Short Story Prize. She then won an Ian St James Award in the year 1993, for her short story entitled Karmic Mothers. The story was later adapted for the BBC2 television as a part of its Tartan Short series.

Kate’s first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum was published in 1995. The novel won her Whitbread Book of the Year Award by beating the Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh and also Roy Jenkins’ biography entitled Gladstone. The book is set in the Yorkshire and is narrated by Ruby Lennox. The book was also adapted for radio, television as well as theater.

Kate Atkinson’s second novel was published two years later in 1997 and was called Human Croquet. Her third novel Emotionally Weird was published in 2000.  In 2002, her collection of short stories named Not the End of the World

Besides novels, Atkinson has also written two plays for the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh entitled Nice and Abandonment. The story was premiered as a part of the Edinburgh Festival in August 2000.

Currently, Atkinson is an occasional contributor to newspapers and magazines in Edinburgh. Her latest book entitled Life after Life was published in 2013. The book won the Costa Novel Award.

Personal life

Kate Atkinson has married twice. She has two daughters from her two husbands. From the first husband, she has her first daughter named Eve and from her second husband, she has her second daughter named Helen.

In an interview, with NY Times, she apologetically refused to discuss even where her house is. So it is clear that she is a very private person. Currently, she resides in Edinburgh. She is said to hang out with the novelist Ali Smith who is her best friend. 

Net Worth

Winner of three Costa Book of the year awards, each award worth £25,000, Kate Atkinson is a renowned author. Her net worth is £1 million, most likely, or even more, given her success as an author. Official figures aren't out. 

 

 

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